The Environmental Law Education Center has been producing top quality educational programs for environmental professionals in the Pacific Northwest since 1994.



ELEC is proud to host neutral, welcoming, and cutting edge conferences to generate community, critical discussions, and pioneering solutions to environmental issues.


Speakers are knowledgeable, highly respected, and engaging. Participants benefit from a diversity of perspectives, topical discussions, and supplemental materials.


Conference participants generally include a rich mixture of environmental professionals including scientists, attorneys, engineers, policy-makers and advocates.



Holly Duncan 
ELEC President 

Holly Duncan founded Environmental Law Education Center in 1994 with the goal of bringing together diverse environmental professionals in a neutral setting where they could learn from each other and share solutions to some of the most challenging environmental problems. Before creating ELEC, Holly worked as an environmental attorney in the Enforcement Section of Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, as counsel to the Oregon Senate Natural Resources Committee, and as an Attorney in the Natural Resources Section of the Oregon Department of Justice.

ben criswell

Benjamin (Ben) Criswell 
Conference Coordinator

Ben recently graduated with honors from Lewis & Clark Law School, where he was the Online Journal Editor of Environmental Law. While earning his J.D., Ben worked at the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, Vestas-American Wind Technology, and the Small Business Legal Clinic. Ben has also authored law review articles on topics including electricity transmission planning and energy storage resources. His undergraduate thesis, researched while working at the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, explores salmon and hydropower management in the Columbia River Basin.